Yesterday a friend who is a potter came over. I’ve only known her a short time, but she is one of those people you like the minute you meet, and like even more as time goes by. She brought some of her work to show me. For some reason the term “organic” is the only way I can describe her pottery – it is earthy and elegant at the same time, and seems to be perfect for the clay. I liked what I saw.
The point of the visit was sort of show-and-tell. You show me yours, I’ll show you mine. She wanted to learn about sumi-e and brush work so she can apply it to her pottery. For me, this was a much-needed diversion from the technology of photography and post-processing software. It also motivated me to dig out a rather large supply of brushes I have from Japan, bought for resale. And it reminded me of just how peaceful it is to ink up a stone, and take the time to do something with my hands other than pushing around a mouse, doing dishes, or whatever.
She is a lefty. The movements I find difficult are easy for her, and vice versa. Together, we went through a bit of paper, tried out different brushes, and have agreed to do some more of this. She left with a stone and ink, a mosen, and a package of sulphite paper. I got a bowl and the reminder to move away from the computer. Maybe I will make some pottery with her at some time.